The Crossland Coffee CC1 Version 1.5 espresso machine gives you more control over your shot compared to other machines in its class. The programmable PID customizes brew temperature and pre-infusion time to ensure consistently delicious shots, while the thermoblock allows you to quickly switch between brewing and steaming. Paired with the commercial-grade Baratza Vario Burr Grinder with Metal Portaholder, this compact home espresso set-up will have you pulling shots and steaming milk like a pro.
OK I've had very good luck asking questions here so here goes... Any advice, suggestions appreciated. I'm looking to get set up with a grinder and machine for about $1000 but if I REALLY push it I could spend $1400 or so. I'd be doing 4-8 double shot lattes / week and an occasional espresso. I'm looking at the Crossland CC1 and a Vario grinder, a Silva and a Vario, or the Breville 900xl and Breville smart grinder (notice the drop(?) in grinder quality). I'm no expert, but I'm a very quick learner when it comes to things mechanical (I can be a perfectionist when it comes to things like this and enjoy the geek process). I like the build quality of the Silva but that's it's biggest draw for me. Should I be looking at other options like a Pasquini Livietta or Nuova Simonelli Oscar. I've mostly passed them up due to lack of a PID and price to some extent.